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Drought having big impact on Indiana crops

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Some ag experts say Indiana crop conditions are getting worse by the day due to the drought.

Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says only 19 percent of Indiana's corn crop is rated good to excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"A break in the drought and heat for the remainder of the season would certainly minimize further deterioration of the corn crop but would not result in recovery to anywhere close to normal yields," Nielsen said in a release.

Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt estimates that as of July 1, Indiana had already lost 20 percent of the expected corn yields.

Soybeans are doing a bit better, down 15 percent from the expected yields.

"Soybean yields are significantly related to August temperatures and precipitation," Hurt said. "There is still potential for yield recovery in soybeans up until late July and even into August."

All of this could mean higher prices at the grocery story. Hurt says customers are likely to see an increase in food prices of  2.5 percent to 3.5 percent into 2013.

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